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Turmeric becomes the most popular and trendy spice this year. Have you tried a turmeric latte or golden milk that claimed to offer you many health benefits? Many restaurants also add this spice to lattes, ice cream, and smoothies. Here is everything you need to know about turmeric.

What is Turmeric?

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Turmeric is a relative of ginger. It is a vivid yellow-orange spice. It is widely used in Southeast Asian, Indian, and Middle Eastern cuisines or to colour foods and cosmetics. Its taste is warm and bitter. The root of turmeric is also used to make medicine to relieve pain, reduce inflammation, etc.

Health Benefits of Turmeric

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Reduce Inflammation

Some studies show that turmeric can reduce inflammation. It contains Curcumins, which are anti-inflammatory properties and antioxidants to help your body fight invaders and repair damage.

 

Increases the Antioxidant Capacity of the Body

Turmeric contains a powerful antioxidant, curcumin, which can neutralize free radicals to protect the body. Curcumin also boosts the activity of antioxidant enzymes to reduce the damages of aging.

 

Improved Brain Function

Curcumin can boost brain-derived neurotrophic factor that helps improve brain function. It also can reduce the risk of brain diseases or brain disorders, such as depression and Alzheimer’s disease.

 

Relieve Premenstrual Syndromes

A recent study that followed women for three menstrual cycles in a row and indicated that curcumin supplements helped ease premenstrual symptoms.

Recommended Dosage

Taken by mouth: It is likely safe when taken turmeric products by mouth up to 8 grams of curcumin daily for 2 months.

Applied to the skin: It is likely safe when applied to the skin.

Side Effects

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Some people can experience stomach upset, nausea, dizziness, or diarrhea when they took very high amounts of turmeric. Before trying turmeric to treat your health condition, it is important to use caution and avoid taking the excessive dosage of turmeric. Please consult your doctor before you use turmeric as a therapy. 

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